Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-throated Solitaire (Cichlopsis chubbi)


French: Grive de Chubb German: Rostkehlklarino Spanish: Solitario ocre andino

Cichlopsis chubbi


, 1924,

Mindo, Huila, western Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. leucogenys, C. gularis and C. peruviana, but differs from latter two in characters given under those species and from C. leucogenys in its darker chestnut throat (1); chestnut-tinged vs pale grey belly (2); rich chestnut vs pale olive-tinged grey undertail-coverts (3); different call (descending high-pitched note with two frequency bands vs rising high-pitched note with single frequency band) (2); song a few pure whistles alternated more and more with high-pitched notes vs mainly high-pitched notes with short lower-pitched notes, squeakier in quality (2)#R. Monotypic.

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W slope of Andes in SW Colombia and NW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

20·5–21 cm; 58·5 g. Rather featureless thrush. Adult is rufous-brown above, richer brown from head to back, shading more chestnut on rump, with chin and throat diffuse rich... read more


Song complex and musical, of rapid, variable phrases, comprises a few pure whistles alternated with... read more


In montane forest and its borders; mainly at 400–1200 m, seasonally lower and higher (see Movements... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit; presumably some invertebrates. Alternates periods of quiet perching with bouts of active foraging at fruiting trees and shrubs,... read more


Very little known. Season Jun–Jul in SW Colombia. Nest (Colombia) 5 m up in dense second growth on edge of small forest clearing. No... read more


Possibly some local movements. In Ecuador, record at Playa de Oro (Esmeraldas) in Feb was... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to a small part of the Chocó EBA. Overall population unknown, but is almost... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chestnut-throated Solitaire (Cichlopsis chubbi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).